First Sign of the Apocalypse

Need proof the World is coming to an end? Click the link below to check out Celine Dion’s latest cover of AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long”. You have no idea how much I wish I was kidding right now.

In other news, I’m spending today and tomorrow reviewing the new Star Wars DVD for myCaledon before it comes out on Tuesday. I’m holding it in my hands. Be jealous of me.


.. must .. get .. Coke ..

We had the pleasure of having Andy, his wife Catherine, and their new baby girl, Madeline Emma, over to the house for an hour or so on Saturday. We hadn’t seen them in quite some time, and we hadn’t seen the little one yet, so it was great to catch up. Poor Maddie had a cold she’d caught at the doctor’s office and she was quite tired. Still, she’s unbelievably cute and loves to laugh and smile. As Andy noted, she has her Mom’s dimples. He also introduced us to the fact that the baby LOVES one particular noise, then proceeded to make snorting pig noises at her while she giggled out loud and smiled broadly. Here are some pics of the cute little three-month-old:

Madeline Emma Szabo 1 Madeline Emma Szabo 2 Madeline Emma Szabo 3 Madeline Emma Szabo 4

Almost time to bring on the blitz here – as part of the myCaledon website I’ve cut a deal with the folks at to try and bring Internet-ordered delivery to the town of Caledon. Now I just have to convince all the local delivery restaurants to come on board. This town is so full of teenagers and busy moms and dads that I’m pretty sure it’s a great service – it’s just, sometimes, people just don’t understand how powerful a marketing tool the Internet can be. They won’t think twice about spending thousands and thousands on offline items that don’t offer half the ROI that a cheap one-time fee will bring online. Here’s hoping I can convince them..


Preferring It Back Inside

The last week and a half have truly been a whirlwind – the next few days should be a welcome respite from the constant movement. When I had noted in Vegas below that “sleep won’t be an option” I wasn’t lying – as it turned out I didn’t sleep my last two days there. I managed to squeeze a lot of sights and sounds into those two days, though, so I don’t regret it. The plane ride home was murder because everything on me wanted to shut down and crash, but because I had a changeover I couldn’t just lie back for hours and sleep. When I got back it was catching up on my precious Survivor and Big Brother, then up Sunday for a family dinner at my grandparents. Monday was spent catching up on lost work, then Tuesday and Wednesday at The Angry Tomato to learn some on-the-job cooking in a professional kitchen. That was a lot of fun, and I don’t *think* I messed anything up. All’s well that ends well, right? Then today it’s back catching up on work and I have to leave in two hours for cooking class in Toronto. And just when I think I can see the other side, I’ve remembered I’ll be getting three more movies to review tomorrow – and trust me, this is much harder work than I ever thought it was. I still enjoy watching the movies, but the 4-5 hours I need to allocate to each movie for the in-depth reviews is just too much.

That said, I’ve now added a new menu option on your left with links to the last two weeks worth of DVD reviews, in case some of you are interested. Clive suggested I add a rating system, which I have for the past few weeks. Thanks to him for that suggestion. But I haven’t stopped there…

Gaming Jackpots, my gaming site, launched a suite of free casino games in Flash today. They look pretty nice, all the popular games are there, and you get 1000 free credits to start. I can always add more if you bottom out, just e-mail me. I’ve placed a link on your left under Fun Junk in case any of you are bored and want to play a little Blackjack or some Slots. There are other games there too. Hopefully you enjoy them!

And for those that asked what I got to make in the restaurant the last two days – a lot of House, Greek, Caesar, Grilled Chicken Caesar, and Blackened Chicken Ceasar salads; Garlic Bread (with and without cheese); Chicken and Goat Cheese Salad; Blackened Chicken Wrap; Club Wrap; Chicken Wrap; Veal Sandwich; French Fries; Sweet Potato Fries; Blackened Chicken Pasta; Cauliflower Soup; Pasta Pomodoro; Breaded Veal; and Margarita, Ariana, and Louisiana Pizza. You can check out the menus here and here.

Now it’s off to class to make a Lasagna..


Bland Teachings

Well that didn’t take long. The webcam is broken again. My server keeps interrupting the upload and creating some sort of invisible file that can’t be overwritten, so the cam just keeps timing out. It’s irritating me, but since I leave for Vegas on Monday, I’ll fix it when I get back. Unfortunately, it’s a business trip so Mar is staying home while I parade around Sin City for the first time. However, since I don’t drink much, I don’t smoke, I don’t gamble, and I’m not a big fan of bars (strip or otherwise), my stories should be fairly tame by comparison to some of yours. I’m just looking to see some sights, eat some good food, and hopefully get some business.

In the meantime, yesterday was day one of cooking school. It was demo only, we just sat and took notes. Nothing too magical as they taught us methods of cutting vegetables and cooking terms that were old for me due to four years of constant FoodTV watching. They had begun making beef and chicken stocks, and while I’ll grant that they didn’t get to make them long enough to generate any real flavour, the soups they made out of them were quite bland. It was a strange thing because you’re expecting this drop-dead amazing soup and it was – bland. They’d made french onion soup and cream of cauliflower for everyone to try. They hadn’t cooked the onion soup long enough to reduce the wine properly so there was a distinct wine taste that is usually more concentrated when cooked long enough. I’ll miss next week but I guess I’ll see what week three holds.

Mar’s sick, I’ve got to run her up to the doctor. Then it’s off to Jumbo Video to pick up the movies for myCaledon reviews. Only one a week the last two weeks and I think I’m getting four or five today. Ack..


Look What the Cat Dragged In..

Sorry for the elongated absence, folks. There is good news to be had amongst it all, though. After four years and a series of false starts, myCaledon has finally launched. I set out to make a really good website based on the model for the small town I live in just north of T.O. It’s taken an incredible amount of time and effort but it’s finally up, and feedback has been great so far. I produced a print ad and put it in the local paper yesterday and I’ve already seen a significant amount of traffic come through, including entries in the contest.


In other news, and I have no idea if they’ll find this page through a web search or my e-mail address, I’ve taken a stab at furthering my journalistic desires by applying at the National Post, a Canada-wide newspaper published by the Southam folks. They’re seeking a Sports Reporter to cover the National Hockey League daily for the paper and as soon as I saw it the gears started up. I’ve been writing about hockey on Gaming Jackpots for a while now and love it, and my columns are always well received. Hopefully the National Post agrees – I’ll keep everyone posted.

Speaking of that, hockey season is almost here! Who’s up for a pool? Let me know in the comments if you’re in, I’ll set one up soon.